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Early Detection Saves Lives

While there is currently no cure for HIV, early detection can improve your chances of successful treatment and management. We know there’s a stigma around HIV, so it can be hard to seek out testing and treatment, but we’re here to provide safe, supportive, and compassionate care for everyone.

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HIV Basics

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and leaves it vulnerable to infection.
If left untreated, HIV can eventually lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Transmission

HIV can be transmitted via the exchange of bodily fluids, including rectal or vaginal fluid transferred during anal or vaginal sex, blood from shared needles, or breast milk.

Symptoms

Symptoms of HIV infection may include fever, chills, night sweats, body aches, unexplained weight loss, and constantly feeling sick.

Prevention

We offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to help prevent HIV transmission.

Treatment

HIV treatment involves using antiretroviral therapy to reduce the viral load in your body. The sooner you start treatment, the more likely you are to achieve an undetectable viral load and almost fully eliminate your symptoms.

Harm Reduction

Safe Sex Practices

Safe sex practices can drastically reduce your risk of contracting HIV.

The golden rule of safe sex is to use a condom every time. Be sure to use latex or polyurethane condoms, check the expiration date, and examine each one for defects. Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place and should only be used with water- or silicone-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants can damage latex condoms, causing them to break and expose you to potential infectious diseases.

Needles/Drug Use

Using new, clean needles every time will help reduce your risk for HIV. You should also take PrEP if you can or PEP if you know you’ve been exposed. Ask us about needle exchange programs and local resources in your community.

HIV Testing 101

How to Get Tested

Call or Text Community Clinic (855-438-2280)

Ask for the P.R.E.P. NWA team.

Call Your Healthcare Provider

Ask for HIV testing due to exposure. The ER is also an option if you do not have a PCP in the area.

They’ll help you find a testing center near you.

Symptoms

Rapid Antibody

Rapid tests use a drop of blood from a finger prick or a mouth swab to collect samples. Results are usually ready in under 30 minutes.

Lab Testing

Lab testing is available at most primary care offices and checks for HIV antibodies and antigens.

Home Testing

When You Should Get Tested

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed

If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, call us at Community Clinic or notify your primary care physician. Try to get tested as soon as possible and follow your doctor’s recommendations on follow-up testing. You can also ask us about PEP!

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